the title given to Mishael, one of the three Hebrew youths who were under training at the Babylonian court for the rank of Magi ( Daniel 1:7 ; 2:49 ; 3:12-30 ). This was probably the name of some Chaldean god.
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(guest of a king ), the name given to Mishael, one of the companions of Daniel, who with three others was taught, ( Daniel 1:4 ) and qualified to "stand before" King Nebuchadnezzar, ( Daniel 1:5 ) as his personal attendants and advisers. ( Daniel 1:20 ) But notwithstanding their Chaldeans education, these three young Hebrews were strongly attached to the religion of their fathers; and their refusal to join in the worship of the image on the plain of Dura gave a handle of accusation to the Chaldeans. The rage of the king, the swift sentence of condemnation passed upon the three offenders, their miraculous preservation from the fiery furnace heated seven times hotter than usual, the kings acknowledgement of the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, with their restoration to office, are written in the third chapter of Daniel, and there the history leaves them.
Possibly the Sumerian form of the Babylonian Cil-Asharidu, "the shadow of the prince," just as Shadrach probably means "the servant of Sin," and Abednego the "servant of Ishtar." Meshach was one of the three Hebrew companions of Daniel, whose history is given in the first chapters of the Book of Daniel.
See, further, under SHADRACH.
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